Women's network present 16-point memorandum
Marking the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day, a 16- point memorandum was submitted to President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal by the four women networks— National Network of Indigenous Women, National Indigenous Women’s Federation, Women Act and the Women’s Democratic Network.
The memorandum consisted of ‘Women’s Rights and Gender Issues’ to be included in the new Constitution for Nepal along with the report; Review of the Constituent Assembly— 11 Thematic Committee Reports from Gender Perspective.
Under the UNDP Support to Participatory Constitution Building in Nepal (SPCBN), the Gender and Social Inclusion unit supported in bringing in four major women networks together. After a year-long consultative process of reviewing the Constituent Assembly’s 11 Thematic Committee reports from gender perspective, the four women’s network have prepared a 64 page report — Laingik Samanta Sunischit Sambhidhan (Gender Equality Guaranteed Constitution).
The 16-point memorandum includes; granting citizenship certificate on the basis of maternal lineage, 15% allocation of budget for the poor and socially marginalized women across the country, 24-hours free access to health services at the community level and 50 percent women’s participation and representation in the Constituent Assembly, respecting the country’s diversity.
The submitting network groups also demanded that the State recognize all forms of discrimination (racial, economic and social), sexual violence and harassment towards women and
children as a criminal offence.
Over 500 women dressed in ethnic wears carried placards displaying the 16-point agenda.
Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal expressed his commitment to incorporate this important agenda in the new Constitution.